Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society was founded in the late 1930s, originally as an additional choir to support the Cathedral Choir in performing large classical works and on other special occasions. As such, it is the eighth oldest choral society in Wales. It adopted its present name in 1960 in recognition of its close association with the Cathedral, and throughout its history it has developed a significant musical reputation, performing traditional choral classics alongside the works of more contemporary composers. It has also commissioned and performed new works by Wales’s leading composers and historically had close links with the LLandaff Festival. The choir has been fortunate to benefit from a series of outstanding conductors over the years and is presently led by Music Director Alex Thacker.
You can read more in Don Jessett’s 75th anniversary history of the choir (please note this is a 28Mb file).
The choir currently has over 100 members, drawn from all walks of life, brought together by a love of singing and a commitment to delivering excellent performances.
It gives three major concerts each year in the Cathedral, together with an annual Christmas concert. In recent years it has also undertaken tours in France and Belgium. The choir regularly takes part in the Welsh Proms and in 2019 joined forces with Cardiff Polyphonic, the Ardwyn Singers and the Schöneberg Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Cardiff, St Davids and Berlin, all to standing ovations.
Ian Lawson’s One World Cantata was premiered earlier this year, and future performances include works by Britten and Mathias.